How to Host a North Pole Breakfast, From Setup to Cleanup

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One of our favorite Christmas traditions has easily became our annual North Pole breakfast. After a recent look around Pinterest I noticed that there are a whole lot of ideas floating around, but I couldn’t find any help or tips. Today I want to share with you 5 tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the past few years and hopefully encourage you to start a new family tradition of your own.

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Tip #1 Do most of your prep the night before.

One of my favorite parts about having a North Pole breakfast is making it a surprise. I don’t know about your kids but if I start setting a table, going through cabinets, and working in the kitchen, they are most likely going to wake up! On a typical year I put them to bed and wait about an hour before I get to work. From decorations to prepping food. Anything I can get a head start on I do. Not only does this really help me to enjoy and not stress the morning of, but seeing their faces as they walk out that morning is always priceless.

Tip #2 Don’t skimp on the decor

Of course the lady that has 6 Christmas trees would feel the need to add this one. This is the one breakfast a year that I go BIG on and the decor is a huge element to that. From dishes, plating, table clothes, accents, napkins, cups, and straws. Try and think about it all and tie in as many holiday elements as you can. If you don’t own a holiday dish set don’t worry. You can find lots of $1 options or just use holiday paper plates. I also have discovered that a dinner plate and an upside down juice glass make a really great cake stand. You don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate like a pro.

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Tip #3 Be creative with your menu.

I love to find playful foods to serve just as much as the girls love eating them. Christmas tree waffles, donut snowmen, fruit candy canes, peppermint hot cocoa, and holiday yogurt parfaits are a few past favorites of ours. I usually put my focus around things that I know the girls will love, then add in some healthy elements too. The whole idea is to be creative and serve something your family will enjoy. If you love cinnamon rolls, plate them in the shape of a Christmas tree. If donuts are your favorite, buy some Christmas ones. Be creative and playful with the menu you choose.

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Tip #4 Add elements of magic

Don’t overlook the little things. From using this breakfast to welcome your elf, to cutting out 30 snowflakes and taping them to the wall. It feels like I have tried them all. The most important element to a North Pole breakfast is the feeling of holiday magic. The surprise in the morning and the creative menu all work to build excitement. Some other ideas to add a little magic could be to have a Christmas dance party after breakfast, read a Christmas book, add a little surprise to the kids place setting, or set up a holiday photo booth with some props. The whole point of this breakfast is to make memories and enjoy time spent together as a family.

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Tip #5 Make Cleanup a breeze with Scotch-Brite® Brand

After breakfast is served and the fun is over you eventually have to clean up. This is the part I use to dread. Recently cleanup became a little easier when I discovered a new product, Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths, at my local Walmart. Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths are fully washable, reusable, and sturdy. The scrubbing dots on the one side of the dish cloth allow you to take on tough messes in the sink and across a variety of surfaces.

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Adding a North Pole breakfast to our list of holiday traditions was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It always helps to stir up holiday cheer and has made for some amazing memories with our girls. I hope this post left you excited, encouraged, and eager to add a special breakfast to your holiday plans this year 

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  • Jessica

    Girl, that North Pole Breakfast is perfection!! We have ours tomorrow to welcome our elf and I’m totally stealing the snowman donuts. I was just goign to have donuts, but those are so much cuter.

    • I hope yours was a hit Jessica! The snowmen are on the menu every year. We love them.

  • Amy Smith

    I love your breakfast! We had ours on Sunday. I wish I would have thought to make snowmen out of our powdered donuts! So, so cute. I posted about our North Pole breakfast today. Great minds! 😉

    • Great minds indeed. I have made the donut snowmen just about every year and the girls always love them!

  • Heather Bramlett

    You did great on your North Pole Breakfast! I have this on our “Winter Bucket List”
    Thank you for the tips and ideas!!

    • You are so welcome! I hope y’all have a blast when you do have yours.

  • Came in at the perfect time as my North Pole breakfast is tomorrow!! And those cloths look wonderful

    • I hope y’all had the best time at yours. It is always such a special morning.

  • Love it!! How much fun for the girls. 🙂 I totally should do this, Annabelle would love it!

    • You totally should. This would be a tradition you could enjoy for many years with your girls.

  • Meghan Flinn

    Your North Pole breakfast is perfect! We had our first last year and love the tradition! And I’m also a huge fan of scotch brite sponges… I should give this cloth a try!

    • Thank you so much. I think this was year #4 for us. I really wished I had started sooner, but then I think back that Marissa was 4 when I started and Emily was only 2… and now I feel old :P.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Your breakfast looks great!! We always have ours on Christmas Eve morning when our elf is leaving that night – I totally agree with prepping the night before, that is key! I’ve made those donut snowmen before too and they are a hit!

    • That is a really fun idea Lizzie. I usually just have mine on a random December weekend, this was super early for us.

  • Love the set up and the idea! Super cute.

  • Awesome, awesome!! Well done. What a fun idea. You have everything covered in such an easy and fantastic way. Well done!

    • P.S. Come link this up at the Happy Now, because I LOVE it!

      • Thank you so much!

        Done and I even FINALLY added your linkup to my linkup tab so now I don’t feel like a jerk linking up without some acknowledgment somewhere :P.

  • Oh my goodness this is just the cutest! Love the snowmen!

  • I love this so much! I am going to do one of these next year for sure! I really wanted to do one this year, but I couldn’t get my act together. Next year, it’s ON! Oh, and who knew that Scotch-Brite made cleaning dish cloths?! Those sound amazing!

    • You totally should. I honestly usually dont do mine this early, I just do it sometime in Mid December and Lizzie said she does hers on Christmas eve. So feel no pressure to make it a welcome elf thing friend. They are pretty great.

  • chall1018

    Oh this is great! The snowmen donuts are a wonderful idea. I know the girls must love this!

    • They really do. We have been doing this for about 4 years now and it is always a hit.

  • Hannah M

    Oh, this looks so fun! I’ve never done anything like this before, but you make me want to! Love the little donut snowmen!

    • It IS so fun and so festive. You should definitely give it a try.

  • This would be such a fun breakfast to wake up to! So festive!

    • It really would be. I may have to set things back up for our cinnamon roll breakfast.

  • I love love love this!! I wish I would have thought to do this for Connor. This could also make for a really fun play date idea with friends!

    • It would be a super fun play date. Some kind of Christmas party for moms, kids and maybe a short Christmas show after. You are on your toes Santa Stephanie.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Such a cute and fun breakfast! We have something similar coming up (like, tomorrow), but it won’t be nearly as creative as yours! Rumor has it our elf is just brining donuts.

    • Haha! I have absolutely no problem with “just bringing donuts” I LOVE donuts ;). I hope y’all had a blast.

  • That is SUCH a neat idea. We’ve never done anything like this, but I think we may need to start a new tradition! #client

    • It is a Christmas season highlight for our family every single year.

  • I was just telling my husband tonight that I wanted to do this for our Elf arrival next week, but wasn’t sure how to do it in a sneaky way!! I LOVE those snowman powder donuts. So cute & can easily be assembled the night before. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    • We LOVE this tradition and I bet your littles would too. I bet you come up with something great girl. You are welcome!

  • What a fun party! I’m so guilty of avoiding breakfast parties. (Mainly because I’m not at all a morning person) Your tips are fantastic, too. I totally agree with your recommendation to keep the magic. I also wish I had space for 6 Christmas trees! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • I would probably feel the same exact way if I wasn’t a morning person. Thank you so much!

  • WebMDiva

    Awww! What a magical breakfast. I love how you walked us through start to finish! Awesome post. #happynowlinkup

  • Whitney Jordan

    What a sweet event!! Great tips to do most of the set up the night before and to make the breakfast feel really special. I love those snowmen skewers!! I’ve always wanted to make them so maybe this year is the year. I love those trees on your table. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for some like that. I bet they’re really easy to store, too. Great breakfast!

    • This is Totally the year. They are SO simple. They would make for a great Christmas eve breakfast or even just because! Those came from Target (of course) They are a cinch to store. I kinda wished I had bought more myself.